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5 unforgettable road trips in the Americas

Last update: September 13, 2016, at 02:25 pm

Looking to take a mythic American road trip? We’ve got some ideas that won’t disappoint.


Summer’s here and you’ve got wanderlust. It’s time to pack the trunk, put the key in the ignition, turn up the music and hit the road! Here are 5 unforgettable road trips on the American continent for a vacation to remember.

From coast to coast

Saint John’s to Victoria, Canada

The Trans-Canada Highway is about 8,000 km long and runs from Saint John’s to Victoria. It takes you through some of Canada’s major centres, including Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, and picturesque countryside. On your way, don’t miss the national parks in Banff, Alberta and Yoho, British Columbia. This totally Canadian road trip offers a unique way to experience our country’s vast and varied beauty!
 

The music lovers trail!

Nashville to New Orleans, United States

Banjo player in New Orleans

For music lovers, the southern U.S. is the ideal vacation destination! Your trip starts out in Nashville, the home of country music. Then cross the Mississippi and make a stop in Tunica, known as “The Gateway to the blues”. And of course, it all wraps up in New Orleans in the French Quarter, where the smell of gumbo permeates the air. Enjoy with a side of jazz!

 

Historic route

Chicago to Santa Monica, United States

Motel sign seen on a road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica

Spanning 3 time zones and 8 states, the legendary Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. From the comfort of your car, you can take in the many facets of the U.S. Stretch your legs as you visit general stores, roadside diners and motels that line the historic route. Fans of the 1950s will be smiling all the way!

 

Paradise on Earth

San José to Santa Cruz, Costa Rica

Horse eating grass with a volcano in the background in Costa Rica

For a spectacular adventure, head to Costa Rica; it’s only a six-hour direct flight to paradise! Behind the wheel of your rental car, you’ll notice just how rich this small region is, with breathtaking landscapes and varied wildlife! Be sure to visit the Manuel-Antonio, Poás, Arenal, Palo Verde national parks. And it’s worth adding a few side-trips to your journey to discover the many local attractions.

 

Chasing Che

Santa Cruz de la Sierra to La Higuera, Bolivia

Bolivian Church

Looking for a trip into history? Follow the last footsteps of Che Guevara in Bolivia. In Santa Cruz, visit the museum dedicated to the revolutionary figure and check out the hospital where his body was displayed to the media. The route to La Higuera follows the Amboró national park and offers magnificent scenery. Explore the Churro Ravine and the abandoned school where Che was captured and then executed. Goosebumps guaranteed!

 

But before hitting the road, plan your itinerary. Because planning is key to a successful road trip, check out the article Long trips: Are you (really) ready? And, we can never say it enough, drive safely!

Looking for an adventure with a more local flavour? No problem! Check out Perfect staycations on Ontario’s scenic routes!


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